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Seller Concessions Explained- Southeast Michigan Real Estate

This is my attempt at a very simplified explanation of what seller concessions are.

Example: You want to buy the house you just looked at and want to make an offer of $200,000. You need $5000 in seller concessions (seller paying all or part of your closing costs). Your offer will be $205,000 asking the seller to pay $5000 in concessions. If you offer $200K and ask for $5K in concessions, your offer is really $195,000.

The seller isn’t really paying your closing costs- you are mortgaging them.

Sellers- you really aren’t paying those closing costs. The buyer is mortgaging them.

Buyers- sellers have a bottom line. They don’t tend to come down to that bottom line AND pay concessions. The concessions are rolled into the purchase price.

Sellers– don’t question the amount of the concessions. If the buyer’s loan officer is over charging them that is their business. You only need to be concerned about your bottom line.

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The Appraisal Contingency as a Negotiating Tool- Southeast MI Home Purchase

There is so much more to writing an offer to purchase a home in Southeast MI than in days of yore. At one time pretty much price ruled. Strength of buyer was important, but not as much as today. Today there are many more factors to consider in a Southeast MI real estate transaction– is it a short sale, bank owned or good old fashioned non-distressed homeowner/seller?

You see more Southeast Michigan houses go pending then back on the market (sometimes this will happen multiple times with one house) than I ever remember seeing. Appraisals are coming in low causing the financing to fall apart. Short sales get denied. The list of reasons for dying sales can go on and on.

The more contingencies an offer has, the more chances the sale has to die. Low appraisals is probably one of the biggest reasons sales don’t close. No matter if buyer, seller and all agents involved know the house is worth every dime the buyer is paying and may even be a bit under priced, there is never a guarantee the house will appraise.

Where as one time the prime motivator was price, now removal of obstacles to closing have also become prime motivators. And the appraisal contingency is probably the biggest obstacle that can be removed.

I have used it to negotiate for the buyer in multiple offer situations. I have used it on the seller side to improve our chances to close. Often times a seller will take a slightly lower offer if the odds of closing are greatly increased. Of course cash negates the need for an appraisal. When a mortgage is involved, an appraisal is probably necessary. But if the buyer has the cash to pay the difference between the sale price and the appraised price, he can remove the appraisal contingency to make his offer stronger. Or remove it with limitations. Recently one of my buyers beat out another offer by agreeing to pay up to $10K difference on a low appraisal. So if the seller takes our $140K offer we would agree to close even if the house appraised at $130K.

With a lack of inventory, when you find the house you want, the goal is more to win and obtain that house as your new home. Until the inventory at least triples, getting the seller to come down on price will be a distant second to winning and getting the house you want.

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What is the job of a buyer’s agent in Southeast Michigan?

Many agents seem to have the idea that the primary job of a buyer’s agent is to get the seller to come down on his asking price. The more you can get the seller down, the better you’ve done your job. NOT!!

Here in the North Oakland County and surrounding areas there is such a lack of inventory that when you (the buyer) find a house the objective at this point is to get the house. flexingThere’s a good chance you will be in a multiple offer situation. Or if you wait too long you will be in a multiple offer situation. Why would you want to settle for your second or third choice of home because you lost out on the house you really wanted- but your agent felt the need to flex and either encouraged you to write a low offer or didn’t try to talk you out of low balling?

My job as a buyer’s agent is to find you the best house for your wants and needs for a price you are comfortable with, then make sure you get the house and go through as little stress as possible. Sometimes that means paying asking price or over. A well priced home in North Oakland County– specifically the Clarkston, Lake Orion and Oxford MI areas will sell quickly and for close to asking price or over.

There are different negotiating strategies depending on the type of sale and the motivations of both the buyer and seller. For example the motivation of a short sale seller will be different than a non-distressed seller. The short sale seller may place more importance on free possession after the closing whereas a non-distressed seller may be more interested in sale pricepeacock

But the one thing all buyers and sellers have in common is getting to the closing table – not watching their agents flex and strut. It doesn’t matter how much of a peacock you agent is if you don’t get the house you want.

 If you are considering purchasing a home in Southeast Michigan please don’t hesitate to contact the Jackie Hawley team. We have buyer specialists who are professional and always put your interests first.

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